Protesters have mobbed a Channel Seven reporter as hundreds rallied against Covid vaccine mandates and Melbourne‘s new pandemic laws in the city’s CBD.
Angry protesters were heard shouting ‘shame on you’ repeatedly at veteran journalist Nick McCallum outside Victoria’s state parliament on Tuesday.
A line of masked police officers could then be seen blocking the protesters’ path as the presenter retreated down the street.
The protesters pursued McCallum after he approached them for an interview, The Age journalist David Estcourt wrote on Twitter.
‘Protesters at Parliament House drive veteran Seven reporter Nick McCallum from the crowd as he approached demonstrators for comment,’ he said.
The confrontation came as hundreds of demonstrators protested outside the state parliament building on Tuesday against laws that would give Premier Daniel Andrews unprecedented new powers to impose lockdowns.
On Saturday meanwhile, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched through the city shouting ‘kill the bill’ as they carried flags and provocative banners targeting the premier.
Families and young children were among the crowd, which included activists carrying a fake gallows and wearing horror movie masks.
One man’s sign depicted Andrews wearing a Nazi officer’s uniform and cap, another showed him as a gremlin and others simply displayed his face above words including ‘liar’ and ‘scum’.
Protesters within the crowd chanted ‘sack Dan Andrews’ as they headed for Victorian State Parliament.
At Parliament House on Spring Street, the crowd was confronted with a line of Victorian mounted police.
Protesters are seen during a demonstration outside the Victorian State Parliament in Melbourne on Tuesday
Many of the demonstrators claimed they were not anti-vax, just opposed to Victorians being forced to get vaccinated.
Many others appeared supportive of popular conspiracy theories too.
Some carried obvious anti-vax messages, others bore anarchy insignia, attacked major media in their signs.
One man, who wore an Akubra and the flag as a cape, proudly displayed an ‘Infowars’ t-shirt in reference to discredited American extremist Alex Jones.
Hundreds of demonstrators protested outside the state parliament building on Tuesday against laws that would give Premier Daniel Andrews unprecedented new powers to impose lockdowns
The law the ‘kill the bill’ signs refers to would give the premier the power to make pandemic ‘declarations’ which could be extended by three-months at a time – for as long as he deemed necessary.
Many held signs, some of which read ‘coercion is not consent’ and ‘Dan is the virus’.
Other messages included ‘the ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves it children’.
Source: Daily Mail UK